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Daily News Round #2 for May 20, 2004

Daily News Round #2 news post from TweakTown's online news computing and technology content pages for May 20, 2004

By: Steve Dougherty from May 20, 2004 @ 22:34 CDT

- "Instant-On" Technology - The End of Computer Rebooting

Liebermann Inc. (or more commonly referred to as "L") have handed us a press release today which highlights their revolutionary new "Instant-On" technology, doing away with OS boot times altogether. It is said to completely load a windows session in less than a second with the use of PuRAM Solid State Disk Drives along with further optimizations streamlining the whole boot process. Sounds too good to be true right? You can read up on the full press release over at their website.

May-19-2004 - Instant-On™ technology is here and it means the end of computer rebooting. L is excited to announce that the time-consuming and usually annoying task of restarting the operating system of a computer every time it is shut down or rebooted is gone for good. Select L hardware products and configurations are the world's first computer systems to take advantage of L's breakthrough Instant-On™ technology. With Instant-On™ computers can turn on and load a full Windows session in less than one second and in some cases as fast as 1/8th of a second. Instant-On™ takes advantage of no latency/ extremely high- I/Os request performance of nonvolatile and non-mechanical PuRam Solid State Disk Drives and recent advances in both high-bandwidth hardware architectures and memory technologies, by utilizing several variants of WinXP4L enhancements and all its built-in new high-performance hardware capabilities. By caching in real-time at shutdown all of Windows active drivers and boot-up files into a temporary image partition, Instant-On™ allows computers to reboot from a successfully pre-boot "snapshot" in the very same manner that a PDA or a PocketPC device wake-up from an Off state.

- DDR vs. DDRII: Fight!

XBit have an interesting article up today which takes a look at both the advantages and shortcomings of the move from DDR to DDR2 memory technology. Due to the inevitable significant price increase tied in with it's inability to run at lower latencies, and also taking into account that several manufacturers are now offering DDR1 kits stamped for 300mhz and beyond, I feel that DDR most definitely still has it's place in the market, and 'should' continue to for quite some time.

If you're watching closely the events of the PC market, you should have noticed that the term "DDR2" has been used more frequently. As you know, it stands for the second generation of DDR SDRAM (Double Data Rate Synchronous Dynamic Random-Access memory, if you're not in the know). Platforms with support of the new memory type are starting out in this year. In the next year DDR2 is going to become widespread (or even predominant) memory type on the PC.

- Articles and Reviews from around the Web

- ABIT KV8 MAX3 @ Motherboards
- Epox 8HDA5+ VIA K8T800 @ NeoSeeker
- Intel PCI Express and 775 CPU get going over @ The Inquirer
- Corsair TwinX1024-4000Pro @ The Crucible
- Mushkin 1GB Dual Pack PC4000 DDR @ ExtremeReviews
- WiFi PDAs' Dirty Little Secret @ Toms Networking
- Quetec 4-in-1 Wireless Solution @ MyWORLDHardware
- Coolmax Fanless Switching PSU @ TechTastic
- Tisonic Mega Power 460Watt PSU @ Overclockers Club
- Flexiglow Illuminated Keyboard @ ViperLair
- Sicuro 5.1 Gaming Speakers @ PCSynapse